We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
911 Montauk Highway,
Oakdale, NY 11769
Phone: (631) 218-2473
Fax: (631) 589-5016
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Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nest abandoned: Mother rabbits nurse their babies once or twice, and that is done at night, so it is very likely you'll never see her near the nest. One way of checking to see if the mother is visiting the nest is to take a few smooth sticks and lay them crisscross over the top of the nest. Check the sticks in 24 hours, and if the sticks have been disturbed but the nest itself is still covered, the mother has returned. Do not visit the nest frequently, because she will abandon it if humans or other animals are around too much.
Baby abandoned: Baby rabbits venture out of the nest at a very early age, and are on their own when quite small. If the bunny is not in any immediate danger, about the size of a softball, has fluffy fur and has ears that are upright, it can be left on its own.
Fawn abandoned: Mothers often leave the fawn alone for long periods of time. She will try to put the baby in a spot where it is well camouflaged. The fawn has almost no scent to attract predators, and the mother is usually nearby. She will return to nurse every 4-6 hours, but will stay away if humans are around. Rescue is not necessary unless the doe has not returned in 12 hours, is known to be dead, or the fawn appears ill or injured.
Babies fallen from nests: Squirrels usually have more than one nest, and the mother will often rescue her babies. Fallen babies can be placed in a small box with sides that are high enough so that the babies cannot climb out, but low enough to allow the mother to get in and carry them out. Place box as near to the tree you think they fell out of, and watch from a secluded location to see if the mother returns - she will not come out if she senses your presence. Keep dogs, cats, and children away. Refer to a rehabilitator if babies have not been rescued within 2 hours or before nightfall, if the weather is very cold or rainy, or if the babies are not moving, or if the babies are unfurred.